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Newsletter Legal Department
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The Legal Department offers seminars and events for member companies covering current topics and legal queries, some of which are held in cooperation with the German Mechanical Engineering Institute (MBI).
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Annual Report of the Legal Department
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Working Group Labour Law
With a fixed group of participants, employment law problems and developments in the area of case law and legislation are discussed at regular intervals and positions are developed. The impact of digitalisation on the world of work and the associated challenges in terms of employment law are an important part of the format


Fabian Seus

Legal Working Group
AK Compliance Management
With a fixed group of participants consisting of experienced compliance officers from the member companies, current topics from different areas of compliance management are discussed and guidelines are developed to support VDMA member companies in the implementation of legal compliance requirements.


Meinhard Remberg

SMS group GmbH


Anette Binder

Legal Working Group
DigitaLegis working group
The digitaLegis working group deals with the interface between digitization and law: In the course of the digitization of mechanical engineering, legal aspects are increasingly coming to the fore alongside a wide range of technical issues. The working group is intended to provide interested members with a platform for a targeted exchange of experience and to offer practice-oriented approaches for dealing with legal issues relating to digitization.

The aim of the working group is to
- To bring together interested companies to exchange experiences,
- to develop practical assistance,
- comment on current topics/legislative projects, and
- create awareness and transparency and provide information.

The working group is aimed at machine and plant manufacturers, operators, automation companies, etc. Participants are primarily lawyers, IT and technology managers, data protection officers, and product managers with a connection to Industrie 4.0 or data-oriented business models.


Dr. Christine Payer

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft

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Industrial Property Rights Working Group
The Industrial Property Rights Working Group sees itself as an interdisciplinary body that addresses all topics of industrial property rights in mechanical engineering. The participants from the member companies consist of lawyers and technically experienced persons in charge (e.g. engineers from the patent departments, persons responsible for trademarks, etc.). The interdisciplinary approach ensures that all facets of mechanical engineering are represented. In addition to the development of samples and positions, the exchange of experience is the main component of the activities of the working group. The working group meets twice a year.


Dr. Stephan Wolke

thyssenkrupp AG

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The Public Procurement Committee deals with fundamental issues of national and European public procurement law as well as the contract terms and conditions of public contracting authorities. This involves, among other things, the preparation of statements or participation in the amendments to the contracting regulations VOB and VOL. The VDMA positions are submitted to the public procurement committees and the federal ministries in charge. The committee meets twice a year.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Markus Janse

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Legal Committee
The VDMA Legal Committee is the traditional central body of the VDMA Legal Department, currently consisting of about 65 heads of legal departments of member companies. In the VDMA Legal Committee, legal topics relevant to mechanical engineering are discussed in a dedicated exchange, legal problems are identified and VDMA positions are co-drafted. The committee, which meets once a year, deals with ongoing topics (reform of the General Terms and Conditions) as well as current legal issues (digitalization, etc.) and offers members space for the important exchange of experience.


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Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA

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The Contract Law Committee is a body of commercial lawyers from VDMA member companies that meets twice a year and deals with current problems of contract law in Germany and abroad. Among other things, this grouping oversees the VDMA terms and conditions in cooperation with the VDMA legal department.


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